1st Edition

Writing About Screen Media

Edited By Lisa Patti Copyright 2020
    272 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Writing About Screen Media presents strategies for writing about a broad range of media objects – including film, television, social media, advertising, video games, mobile media, music videos, and digital media – in an equally broad range of formats.

    The book’s case studies showcase media studies’ geographical and industrial breadth, with essays covering topics as varied as: Brazilian telenovelas, K-pop music videos, Bombay cinema credit sequences, global streaming services, film festivals, archives, and more. With the expertise of over forty esteemed media scholars, the collection combines personal reflections about writing with practical advice. Writing About Screen Media reflects the diversity of screen media criticism and encourages both beginning and established writers to experiment with content and form.

    Through its unprecedented scope, this volume will engage not only those who may be writing about film and other screen media for the first time but also accomplished writers who are interested in exploring new screen media objects, new approaches to writing about media, and new formats for critical expression.


    Part I. New Frameworks for Writing about Screen Media

    1. Introduction, Lisa Patti

    (Still) Learning to Write about Screen Media

    How to Read This Book

    In Practice

    2. The Big Picture: Strategies for Writing about Screen Media, Lisa Patti




    Follow (up)

    In Practice

    3. From Screen Aesthetics to Site Design: Analyzing Form Across Screen Media, Lisa Patti

    Taking Notes

    Close Readings: Case Studies

    In Practice

    4. Entering the Conversation: How and Where to Develop a Critical Argument, Lisa Patti

    What is an Argument?

    Thinking on the Page: Free Writing

    Structuring Your Argument: Outlines

    Setting the Scene: Introductions

    Telling a Story: Evidence

    Making a Last(ing) Impression: Conclusions

    In Practice

    5. From Notebook to Network: When and How to Use Digital Tools, Lisa Patti

    Digital Resources: Reading, Watching, Writing

    In Praise of Paper


    Fair Use

    In Practice 

    Part II. Writers on Writing about Screen Media


    6. Writing about Transnational Cinema: Crazy Rich Asians

    Olivia Khoo

    7. Capturing Moments: Writing about Film Festivals as Events

    Kirsten Stevens

    8. Writing about Experimental Cinema: Andy Warhol’s Empire (1964)

    Glyn Davis

    9. From Meaning to Effect: Writing about Archival Footage

    Jaimie Baron

    10. Making the Absent Present: Writing about Nonextant Media

    Allyson Nadia Field

    11. Expressing Race in Brazilian Telenovelas

    Jasmine Mitchell

    12. Writing about Music Video: Tracing the Ephemeral

    Carol Vernallis

    13. Writing Across Divides: Locating Power in K-pop Music Videos

    S. Heijin Lee

    14. Playing to Write: Analyzing Video Games

    TreaAndrea M. Russworm and Jennifer Malkowski

    15. When It All Clicks: Writing about Participatory Media

    Lauren S. Berliner

    16. Feeling Out Social Media

    Julie Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim

    17. "A Very Black Project": A Method for Digital Visual Culture

    Lauren McLeod Cramer

    18. Writing about Transnational Media: From Representation to Materiality

    Fan Yang

    19. Writing about Digital and Interactive Media

    Dale Hudson and Patricia R. Zimmermann

    20. (Un)Limited Mobilities

    Rahul Mukherjee

    21. Context is Key: How (and Why) You Should Write about Outdoor Advertising

    Beth Corzo-Duchardt


    22. How Sound Helps Tell a Story: Sound, Music, and Narrative in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara

    Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

    23. Writing Outside the Text: A Cultural Approach to Exhibition and Moviegoing

    Jasmine Nadua Trice

    24. Writing about Streaming Portals: The Drama of Distribution

    Ramon Lobato

    25. Analyzing and Writing about Credit Sequences

    Monika Mehta

    26. "We Are Not Thinking Frogs": The Archive, the Artifact, and the Task of the Film Historian

    Katherine Groo

    27. Show Me the Data!: Uncovering the Evidence in Screen Media Industry Research

    Bronwyn Coate and Deb Verhoeven

    28. Researching and Writing Across Media Industries

    Derek Johnson

    29. The Value of Surprise: Ethnography of Media Industries

    Tejaswini Ganti

    30. Listen Up!: Interviewing as Method

    Alicia Kozma

    31. The Need for Translation: Difference, Footnotes, Hyperlinks

    Tijana Mamula


    32. Words and More: Strategies for Writing about and with Media

    Virginia Kuhn

    33. Best Practices for Screen Media Podcasting

    Christine Becker and Kyle Wrather

    34. Confessions of an Academic Blogger

    Henry Jenkins

    35. The Research and the Remix: Video Essays as Creative Criticism

    Jeffrey Middents

    36. Foregrounding the Invisible: Notes on the Video Essay Review

    Chiara Grizzaffi

    37. Review, Edit, Repeat: Writing and Editing Book Reviews

    Alice Leppert

    38. Extracurricular Scholarship: "Writing" My Audio Commentary of Losing Ground

    Terri Francis

    39. The Short, Sweet Art of Blurb Writing

    Leah Shafer

    40. Bridging the Gaps Between Scholarly Essays and Mass-Market Film Writing

    Nick Davis

    41. Writing Across the Page Without a Line

    Holly Willis


    Lisa Patti is Associate Professor in the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is co-author (with Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, and Amy Villarejo) of Film Studies: A Global Introduction (2015) and co-editor (with Tijana Mamula) of The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference (2016).